Burton quick to defend against charges that pix are too scary

When it comes to animation, Tim Burton is an old-fashioned kind of guy.

While so many others have embraced computers (even Disney finally went all-CGI for “Chicken Little”), Burton is still in love with stop-motion animation, the painstaking process he first used 12 years ago to create “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and returns to in “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.”

“That’s what I love about it,” he says. “It’s an art form. It makes you feel like you are working in an art form and not a business, and that’s what I find beautiful about it, too.”

Burton’s live-action movies, from “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” resemble nothing so much as animation brought to life. Kids love his films, but some adults don’t think children should watch them. Take “Corpse Bride” or even “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Burton is quick to defend against charges that they’re too scary.

“I remember when people were saying that about ‘Nightmare’ and I had tiny, tiny little kids come up and they loved the movie,” he recalls. “I think it’s more of an adult problem than it is a kid problem.

” ‘Corpse Bride’ is softer in a certain way. It is basically a love story with humor, and like any kind of fable or fairy tale there are elements that are maybe slightly unsettling. But that’s part of the history of those kinds of stories.”

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